Happy Tails Alerts

  • COVID-19 Travel Impacts

    Updated January 29, 2021:

    As a result of COVID-19, at this time only two domestic airlines are able to offer pet air travel within the contiguous U.S. Many flights have to be reserved by a certified pet shipper, such as Happy Tails Travel, Inc.

    Flight options remain limited as airlines work on resuming services as usual. This is because not all aircrafts can accommodate live animals. Breed and size restrictions also apply. Your pets may require additional ground transportation to get to and from airports which can accommodate pet travel. Direct flights are very rare.

    As we are in the winter months, air travel becomes more difficult as for pets to fly temperatures must be below 80° and above 45° Fahrenheit, unless a letter of acclimation is provided for temperatures between 20° – 45° Fahrenheit, for all cities on their itinerary.  If the temperatures reach below 20° or above 80° Fahrenheit, your pet’s reservation may be canceled.

    Please note that many flights are still being canceled the day of travel due to low demand. Therefore, air options are extremely limited and cannot be not guaranteed.   

    As an alternative to air travel we are able to offer our By Ground Safe and Sound Service within the contiguous U.S. Pricing is based on distance/mileage and is ideal for large breeds, restricted breeds, multiple pet families or pets traveling to/from rural areas.

    We at Happy Tails Travel, Inc. are closely following the Coronavirus updates across the country and around the world to be sure that your pets and their travel plans are taken care of appropriately.

    If you are not yet a client and need assistance with your pets' travel plans, please fill out our Pet Travel Form for more information.

    We appreciate our loyal clients, employees, and all of our furry friends.  We wish for everyone to be safe and healthy!

    To read a recent client testimonial and her excellent experience with us during the Covid-19 outbreak, click here.


Popeye is really enjoying himself. He just looks very happy and comfortable being an island dog. The first day he was here we went to the beach and if he could talk I would bet he way saying “THIS PLACE IS SO COOL! THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ME HERE!!!” You helped make his trip very stress free and easy. I really appreciated the constant updates, immediately responses and hard work on your end. I felt confident the trip was going to be easy from day one having you on the case. Thank you so much for everything. You and your team really do a great job for people and pets that need help. 

-Anthony and Popeye
Sarasota, FL to Kailua, HI


Happy Tails did an excellent job transporting my high anxiety dog from California to Oregon as part of our family move.  Every detail was meticulously seen to, and the driver, Mia, went above and beyond to ensure that Little Joe was safe, happy and loved throughout the journey.  She was delayed due to weather, but communicated frequently and sent pictures to set my mind at ease that he was safe and comfortable and well cared for.  I highly recommend this service as a way to get your pet to its new home.

Betsey S. & Joe
Oakland, CA - Portland, OR

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The kitties are happy in their new private room and get lots of lovin’ from all of us, especially our little grandkids. Here is a pic of Smokey Lonesome and one of beautiful Bianca- she’s winking and trying to tell you she had a fabulous trip from KY to NH! Oliver was bring camera shy.  Thank you so much for the great service you provided. It was a huge relief to have the cats taken care of so well. We certainly will use your services again if needed, and of course will recommend Happy Tails!

Thanks again,
Karen H.
Lexington, Kentucky - Bradford, New Hampshire

Bohemian Rhapsody  Jumping Jack Flash (3)

Hi Bridget, thank you for the incredible amount of work you and your staff have done towards making the shipping of the two pups to Europe a reality. Now they are gaining weight and enjoying their new home. I have heard from Linda who says how thoroughly pleased she is with the soundness, temperament and quality of the two pups.Thank you again for seeing this through from initial contact to a satisfactory ending for all.

Phyllis Lockwood, Willowrun Great Danes
Clarendon NC to Frankfurt Germany

Kaya (2)

Happy Tails Travel was such a huge peace of mind for me during this pretty stressful move. Kaya arrived in Glasgow with no problems, and was so happy to be reunited with us. They answered dozens of questions to ease my anxious mind and made this process so much easier on me.I can't thank you enough! 

We are settling in nicely, and Kaya LOVES her new home and exploring all the beautiful scenery every day! 

Thanks again for all your help,

Mystie and Kaya
Houston, Texas - Aberdeen, Scotland 


Circe is settling in well in our new home thanks to Happy Tails Travel, Inc. They handled everything and guided me every step of the way. It was a very seamless and stress-free process. I was especially concerned because she's 19-years-old and was traveling from Chicago to Seattle, but Happy Tails got her to me safely.

Thank you so much Happy Tails Travel & Kim!

Kenyatta B.
Chicago, IL - Seattle, WA

My family and I were moving to LA and so we needed to fly our labradoodle, Emma. We were moving from Miami and with all the temperature restrictions for flying pets in hot temperatures, we knew that it would be tricky. The folks at Happy Tails were great! They booked Emma on a flight and kept us updated on the temperatures. At the last minute, the temperature soared past 85 degrees and the airport folks wouldn't let Emma on the flight. There were no other flights out in the next 24 hours and my family and I were scheduled on our own flights early the next morning. We were freaking out! Kim, at Happy Trails organized for Emma to be picked up in Miami and driven to Orlando, where she found a flight leaving very early in the morning for LA. She saved us a ton of aggravation! And now Emma is a California dog;) Thanks, Happy Tails!

Diane M. & Emma
Miami, FL - Los Angeles, CA

Moose (2)

Our return was a breeze and we settled back into our home life quickly. Pamela was a huge help and made our departure and return so pleasant - thank you again for recommending her to us! The whole process with Happy Tails Travel was so easy on my end and made our travels stress-free. Both times I picked up Moose from the flights he was safe and sound with his tail wagging. I can’t tell you how thankful I am that he was safe and happy throughout our travels. It means the world. 

Thank you so much for everything you did to help us, we are so appreciative. We will not hesitate to use you guys again for any future travels!

Gabi M. & Moose
Round-trip from Seattle, Washington to Newark, NJ

Why can my Pet not Travel to and from any Airport?

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Aug 14, 2015

Pets are not allowed on just any flight. There are many limitations when it comes to live animal shipments, such as the restrictions of the particular airline, the type of aircraft, and the size of your pet. 

A challenge faced by many pet owners is shipping large pets to smaller cities or shipping pets internationally from small cities.  Sometimes there can even be issues when a small dog or cat needs to leave from a relatively remote location. 

This becomes a challenge as small cities often have regional (or non-international) airports using smaller aircraft, many of which are not pet friendly.  These planes tend to be regional jets, which are not only smaller, but also older and often do not have the proper holds (temperature controlled, pressurized, and oxygenated pet cargo holds) available on-board to transport your pets safely.  Happy Tails Travel is happy to arrange ground transportation to or from the airport to ensure that your pet is on a flight suitable for their safe and comfortable relocation needs.This is also relevant currently with many flight limitations in response to COVID-19.

Another challenge is international travel from a small city.  While your pet may be able to fly out of a smaller city, they will first have to fly to a larger, international airport within the country of origin.  In doing so, there is a good chance your pet will have to change airlines from a domestic to an international airline. This can incur additional costs, as two flight reservations are needed and your furry family member will require the assistance of an agent to help transfer them from one airline to the next.

When considering international pet relocation, it is also important to note that not all airports are able to accept pets for international check-in, even if it is an international airport.  For this reason, your pets may need to travel to an airport further away, to ensure that they can make their way to their final destination!

The last issue that can arise when it comes to pet travel is regarding the size of the pet or the required kennel.  Smaller aircraft have smaller pet cargo holds, which limit the size of pets that may travel on them.  If your feline or canine family members are very large, there is a good chance they will have to fly to and from large, international airports. We would then arrange ground transportation for the remainder of their journey.  It can be hard to tell whether a particular route will accommodate your pet. For this reason, it is helpful to use the services of a professional Pet Travel Agency such as Happy Tails Travel.  We have trained professionals who can arrange your pet’s travel by air with care to just about anywhere!

Please fill out our no obligation Pet Travel Form for more information and an estimate today!


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